Goddess Annapoorneshwari

Temple History

The Adhishakthyathmaka Sri Annapoorneshwari Temple, more popularly known as “Sri Kshetra Horanadu” is situated on western ghats, on the banks of river Bhadra in a remote corner of Chikkamagaluru dist, Karnataka surrounded by the natural vegetation, forest, green lands and natural beauty of the Western Ghats.

The great deity of Adishakthyathmaka Sri Annapoorneshwari’s Prathistapana was done by his holiness Agasthya Maharishi several centuries back. The main deity, Goddess Annapoorneshwari, was installed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. Recently, in 1973, a new idol of the main deity was installed at the temple. The idol, made of gold, is captivatingly beautiful. The temple is now known as Adi – Shaktyatmaka Shree Annapoorneshwari Temple. For the past 400 years, the temple is now being maintained by successive members of a family who have been instrumental in renovating the temple and performing the rites. The vamsavruksha goes like this: first Dharmakartha was Shri D.Shankarnarayana Jois, second was first D.S. Bhima Jois, third was first D.B. Venkatasubba Jois, fourth was second D.V.Bhima Jois, fifth was second D.B.Venkatasubba Jois, 6th was D.V.Gajendraprasanna Jois and seventh is present Dharmakartharu Shri G.Bheemeshwara Joshy.

The Goddess Annapoorneshwari is seen in a standing posture on a peeta with Shanku, Chakra, Sri Chakra and Devi Gayathri in her four hands.

The word Annapoorna can be seen as a conjunction of two words- Anna meaning food or grains and Purna meaning complete and perfect. Sri Annapoorneshwari is the Goddess of food and nourishment. She is considered to be an avatar of Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva. Her importance can be gauged by the fact that she is praised and glorified in several ancient scriptures like Annapurnamantratsava, Maha Tripurasiddhanta, Annapurna Kavacha, Annapurnahavamti, Annapurnamalininaksatramalika, Bhairvahyantantra, Rudrayamala, and Sivarahasya, Even though she is widely worshiped by people, only a few temples are dedicated to her as the presiding deity. The other famous Temples dedicated to Sri Annapoorneshwari are the Annapoorna Devi mandir and the Kasi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi. The Goddess is depicted with four hands, holding the Shanka, Chakra, Sri Chakra and Gayathri mantra. Annapoorneshwari is a form of Goddess Parvati. It is believed that once Lord Shiva was cursed and when he came here and accepted alms from Annapoorneshwari, the curse was lifted. Annapoorneshwari means one who provides food. It is believed by devotees that whoever has the Goddess’ darshan and blessing will never go hungry in their life.

The uniqueness of this temple is everybody who visit this temple are provided with food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and place to sleep in the temple premises


Additional Information

Boarding and lodging is provided by Temple trust. Temple guest houses are available to stay. Annadanam is conducted every day by the temple board. Bhadra Nivasa Lodge & Bhaktha Nivasa Lodges are maintained by the temple trust board.

The famous Sringeri Sharada Peetham is 50km from here. The Temple was the first of the four Ammaya Peetham established by Sri Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century AD. Sri Sharadamba believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Saraswati is the presiding deity of the Temple.

Horanadu is located 330 km away from Bangalore and 75 km away from Sringeri. Regular bus services are available from most places in Karnataka including Bangalore. Horanadu Bus Stand is 750 mtrs . Chickmagaluru is the nearest city. KSRTC Bus Stand, Chickmagaluru is 90.9 km from the temple.

Shimoga Town Railways Station (127 km) is the nearest railway station. Shimoga is well connected to trains from Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune and Mangalore.

Nearest airport is Mangaluru International Airport(123 kms).
  • Morning: 6:00 am to 2:00 pm Evening: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: (+91) 08263 269714, 9448282410